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Getting Around

How to Get around in Rome

Travelling in Rome is no trouble, with several various means of transportation available. Metro or Metropolitana is the transport lifeline and the fastest mode of communication in the city. Rome offers a sprawling space for walking and biking which are fun in some parts of the city. Bus and tram routes have crisscrossed the city interconnecting the landmarks, tourist spots, shopping streets, restaurants, hotels, entertainment zones and airports. Some of the developed areas of urban Rome teem with heavy traffic as common is the scenario in most capital cities of Europe. Once you are familiar with the ways of getting in and around Rome, it will be a pleasure to travel in Rome.

Metro in Rome

metro in romeMetropolitana or Metro is the fastest transport medium in Rome. Metropolitana Linea A and Metropolitana Linea B are two parts of this underground transport lifeline in the city. The former runs between Via Ottaviano and Anagnina. Piazzle Flaminio, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza San Giovanni and Piazza di Spagna are the stoppages on the way. Linea B links the Rebibbia district to Via Laurentina through Via Cavour, the Colosseum, Stazione Termini, Circus Maximus and EUR. Termini Station is the intersection of the Metro lines. Some of the tourist sights like the Colosseum and the Vatican are near from Metro stops in Rome.
All Metro stops are marked by a red letter ‘M’ and a square indicating the entrance to the underpass. Automatic ticket distributors are installed at all Metro stations. Tickets are also available at news stands and tobacco shops. Tourists can avail tourist passes for a day or a week or a month. Annual tourist passes are granted to the travellers on an educational tour to Rome. Tourist passes work not only on the Metro but on other means of public transport like buses and trams too. It makes getting around the city convenient. A single-ride Metro ticket costs €1. The Metro service is available daily and from 5.30am to 11.30pm.

Trams in Rome

trams in romeYou can board trams to be on the move in and around Rome. Trams are operated by the same company that run Metro and buses in the city. The maps of transportation network in Rome show tram lines along with bus routes. Crisscrossing the city are seven tram lines. The tram and bus routes have overlapped at some points, thereby making it easier to move from one corner to the other. The historic city centre is well-connected to the other parts of the city by trams. There are tram stops at the Vatican, the Pantheon and the Colosseum.

Buses in Rome

Buses in romeThe most convenient means of transportation in Rome is bus network. It has crept into the innermost corners of the city. The bus network is extremely handy for the first-time travellers to get in and around Rome for sightseeing. The tourist spots, shopping centres, entertainment zones and the important landmarks are interconnected through bus routes. The first-time tourists may find it a little difficult to track the intricate bus routes. Once the bus network is clear to you, you feel being on a smooth ride all over the city. The Rome travel guide will direct you to the stops where busses heading to different parts of the city are available from. You can buy a map of Rome’s bus route from any news stand or the tourist information office.

Taxis in Rome

taxis in romeIn Rome, the number of taxis is almost equal to that of visitors touring the city. Finding a taxi is no trouble at all, especially in Rome. A number of taxis ply between the spots of tourist interest. Hiring a taxi to head directly to your preferred destination is a good option, but it is not the fastest mode of transportation as traffic is at times horrible in Rome. You can hire a taxi from the taxi queues at Ciampino Airport, Fiumicino Airport, Termini Station, the Colosseum, Piazza della Repubblica, the Vatican and the major piazzas. Taxi is a reliable option to travel at night after the hours of Metro and bus service. The taxi meter rating begins at €2.80 for a drive of 3km. Then, it rises €0.92 per kilometer.

Cars in Rome

cars in romeCar drive is fun in Rome. But the fun comes with a huge liability. The law requires you to use the seat belt in car and carrying a warning triangle is must. Carry your green card, driving licence, personal ID and vehicle registration documents all times. You must be 21 years old to drive car in Rome. Do not forget anything valueable in the car when you get out of it. Tourists on a short-term visit to the city can use their native licences for driving. If you are a citizen of Europe Union, you are required to exchange the driving licence for an Italian one, after you have passed one year in Rome. Do remember, flashing the lights of your car indicates your intention not to slow down the speed in Rome.

Bikes in Rome

Bikes in romeBicycle riding is the best and cheapest drive through the small piazzas and medieval alleys of Rome. You can go far from the maddening crowd, riding a bicycle through the lanes dissecting the centre of ancient Rome. You can rent a bike at Bici & Baci, Via del Viminale 5 (telephone: 06-4828443), near the main rail station Stazione Termini. €3 or $4.80 is the cost per hour.

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